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Process Instrumentation and Automation (Learn and Work) / Ionstraimíocht agus Uathoibriú Próiseas (Foghlaim agus Oibrigh)

Course Title: Bachelor of Science in Process Instrumentation & Automation

2022 CAO Points: 381*    

*includes minimum score of 110 for interview and aptitude test

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award

Must include a pass in 1 of the following:

  • Mathematics (C20139)
  • Mathematics (5N1833)
  • Mathematics (6N3395)
  • Mathematics for Computing (C20175)
  • Mathematics for Engineering (C20174)
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396)
  • LC Maths



Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Additional Requirements:

All applicants must attend an aptitude test (date TBC). Applicants who achieve the required score (at least 42 marks out of 100) in this aptitude test will subsequently be invited to attend an interview (date TBC). Applicants called for interview must achieve at least 50 marks out of 100 for their interview. Following the interview process, each applicant’s total score must be equal to or greater than 110 marks out of 200. This total score given will be added to Leaving Certificate points (if applicable).

Late and change of mind applications are accepted, and all late applicants will go through the same screening process as outlined above. 

You will also need to:

  • (a) Submit a CV
  • (b) Complete an aptitude test
  • (c) Interview with the course team

What is…Learn+Work?

TU Dublin’s Learn+Work course in Process Instrumentation and Automation provides a pipeline of skilled in-demand work-ready talent into STEM industries through industry partnership.

  • The programme blends the strength of a university education with apprenticeship-style work placements. This course is designed specifically to create work-ready university graduates in the shortest possible time-frame.
  • Each year, students divide their time between full time study blocks in the university and significant periods of paid work placement with industry partners.

What is…Process Instrumentation and Automation?

Process Instrumentation & Automation involves the measurement and control of physical quantities (temperature, level, pressure, flow and many others) used in advanced manufacturing systems. Engineers use instrumentation and control to monitor and maintain processes for improved production, quality, and safety in manufacturing facilities in the Pharmaceutical, Food & Drinks, Water/Wastewater, Oil & Gas industries among others.

This course is supported by Irish Medtech Skillnet.           image

Course Structure/Timelines


Sept - Jan

Feb - May

May - Aug

Year 1

College Semester 1

(5 days per week)



College Semester 2

(5 days per week)



Industry placement

(5 days per week)

Year 2

College Semester 1

(5 days per week)

College Semester 2

(1 day per week)


Industry placement

(5 days per week)

Industry placement (4 days per week)


Year 3

College Semester 1

(5 days per week)

College Semester 2

(1 day per week)


Industry placement

(5 days per week)

Industry placement (4 days per week)


Work Placement:

In each year of the programme our industry partners mentor our students to provide them with the relevant experience, knowledge and skills required to gain employment in the manufacturing and process sectors upon graduation.

Industry partners providing work placements for our students include:

  • Alexion
  • Bonner
  • Breedon Group
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CalX Instrumentation Services Ltd
  • EMR Integrated Solutions
  • Hanley Calibration
  • Intel
  • LotusWorks
  • McL Automation
  • SGS Gas Analysis Services
  • West Pharmaceutical Services

Graduate Employers include:

  • Alexion
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CalX Instrumentation Services Ltd
  • Emerson
  • EMR Integrated Solutions
  • Hanley Calibration
  • Intel
  • LotusWorks
  • McL Automation

IT Requirements:

MEDIUM spec computer required (minimum) (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes). MS Windows 10 based laptops are recommended.

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website www.heanet.ie/store

Our graduates work in a rage of roles including Instrumentation Technician, Calibration Technician, Automation Technician working in industries such as:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical
  • Food and Drinks Processing
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Power Generation
  • Oil and Gas Processing

Graduate Employers:

  • Alexion
  • Pfizer
  • Microsoft
  • Intel
  • Diageo
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Algebra, Geometry and Calculus
  • Introduction to Instrumentation
  • Electro-Technology 1
  • Workshop Practices & CAD
  • Industrial Services
  • Work-Based Learning (Stage 1)



  • Calculus and Statistics
  • Electro-Technology 2
  • Process Instrumentation 1
  • Electrical Power & Machines
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Work-Based Learning (Stage 2)


  • Process Instrumentation 2
  • Industrial Automation 
  • SCADA & Industrial Networks
  • Energy Management & Quality Systems
  • Industrial Process Control
  • Work-based Learning (Stage 3)

“This is a really interesting course, my work placement is based in bio-pharma, but my classmates are based in all different industries, so the possibilities are endless. This course is such a great way to get working while learning as well, because you get into the industry straight away, get paid, and get your experience built up, which is fantastic. I highly recommend the course, my experience so far has been nothing short of brilliant.” – Ruth Murphy, Year 2

What our industry partners say...

“We have access to graduates who come with a high level of industry experience from day one. Through their three-year placement with us, they’re already embedded in the culture of our organisation, understand how we work and what it’s like to work in a challenging environment.” – Derek Glynn, COO, EMR Integrated Solutions

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Science


3 years

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